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How Does Colouring Help Music Lessons?

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

How Does Colouring Help Music Lessons?


Before, or during, a music lesson with primary age students we often include colouring. In face colouring is a main part of the Dragon Stories and Monthly Challenges. It plays a significant role in the Let's Play series. This is a vital part of the music lesson and of homework and we encourage parents to engage with their children in these activities.


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The small muscles in your hands are responsible for fine motor control and precision

movements. When you play a musical instrument, you develop these muscles and improve your dexterity and coordination.

Bilateral coordination is the ability to use both sides of the body together at the same time or with alternating movements. It is an important skill for many motor skills, such as climbing stairs, dressing, stringing beads, cutting, and playing a musical instrument. Good bilateral integration and coordination is an indicator that both sides of the brain are communicating effectively and sharing information. When colouring a child holds the paper still that they are colouring. The non dominant hand here provides stability and is developing strength. This is used on many instruments, the piano uses both hands equally, as does the guitar, ukulele, violin, flute etc ... This makes colouring a great activity to develop this underused hand.

Many children complain of fatigue when colouring large areas, like a dragon’s tummy, this type of colouring builds hand and finger strength.


Colouring can develop spatial awareness and visual perception and a child becomes aware of the body's position as it moves through lines and spaces. This knowledge is necessary in music lessons. Spatial awareness and visual perception are a vital skill in music lessons because they help students understand the relationship between notes and their position on the page. Spatial awareness is the ability to understand where objects are in space and how they relate to each other. Visual perception is the ability to interpret visual information from the environment. In music lessons, spatial awareness and visual perception help students read sheet music, understand the placement of notes on the page, and recognize patterns in music


Finally, hand-eye coordination skills help students play with accuracy. It is the ability to read the music and allow your hands to move to the right place without the constant need to check. This enables a student to read and play at the same time.


Dexterity, spatial awareness, visual perception, hand-eye coordination, bilateral integration, and coordination all benefit music lessons and are developed through music lessons. This is why playing a musical instrument can be beneficial for young children.



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How Does Colouring Help Music Lessons?

At the Academy we display artwork from our local Gallery, in between these you will find work by young artists, our students. Before, or during, a music lesson with primary age students we often include colouring. In fact colouring is a main part of the Dragon Stories and Monthly Challenges. It plays a significant role in the Let's Play series. This is a vital part of the music lesson and of homework and we encourage parents to engage with their children in these activities.


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Colour is an element of art.

Pitch is an element of music.

Art is visual music and music is melodic art.

Each note is represented as a colour.



Orange is between

red and yellow.


D is between C and E.


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​Purple is between

red and blue.


A/ B is between C and G.


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Green is between

yellow and blue.


F is between E and G.


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